New Delhi, April 24: Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday approved implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations for its employees and pensioners with effect from January 2016. Reportedly, there will be over 20 percent hike in salaries of employees due to revised pay scales that are coming into effect from April. The decision was taken by the state cabinet meeting under Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Talking to reporters, Finance Minister Syed Altaf Ahmed Bukhari confirmed the development saying,”The cabinet approved implementation of the 7th pay commission recommendations for state government employees and pensioners. Around five lakh employees and pensioners in the state will be benefited with the decision.”

Furthermore, he stated,”The financial implications of implementation of the 7th pay commission recommendations would be Rs 4,201 crore annually while one-time arrears would cost Rs 7,477 crore top the exchequer. The state government employees can now draw the salary for the month of April 2018 as per the revised scales.”

For the purpose of implementation of the 7th Pay Commission Recommendations, basic pay as on 31 December, 2015, of employees shall be multiplied by uniform factor of 2.57 and then adjusted in the matrix recommended by the Pay Committee.

The benefit of House Rent Allowance on revised pay shall be available from April, 2018 and all allowances except Dearness Allowance (DA) shall continue as before while DA from January, 2016 onwards shall be paid on revised pay on new rates to be notified by Finance Department, he stated.

(With PTI inputs)